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Work To Begin This Week On Solomon Creek Flood Project

October 2, 2018
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Work To Begin This Week On Solomon Creek Flood Project

WILKES-BARRE — The contractor in charge of the first phase of the Solomon Creek flood control project began delivering equipment and materials to the project site on Monday. Residents of the South Wilkes-Barre neighborhood will see the work on the most significant part of the long-awaited project begin this week, according to Joyce Morrash Zaykowski, city director of Community and Economic Development. Donald E. Bower, the general contractor for the remainder of the first phase of the project, delivered two pieces of heavy equipment and barricades to nearby staging areas. Additional equipment and materials are expected to be delivered today, when work to divert water in the creek so crews can begin replacement of a 40-foot section of flood retaining wall is expected to commence. Most of the initial work in this phase of the project will take place on Brook Street between Waller and Barney streets, where a section of flood wall collapsed in December 2016. That section of Brook Street is expected to be closed to traffic sometime this week, and as soon as today. The next section of wall to be replaced is along Brook Street between Barney and Regent streets. The city will release an updated project timeline as soon as one is provided by the contractor, Zaykowski has said. The flood wall protects about 700 properties in the neighborhood. Work on this phase of the project, for which Bower bid about $1.5 million, is expected to be completed sometime in the spring. A second phase of the project will include additional wall replacement and construction of a pump station. — STEVE MOCARSKY

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